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  • Storage Issues Got You Stumped?

    Informal Interpretations Offer Solutions and Savings The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address storage issues. AFSA…

  • Protecting Storage Occupancies

    Issues Concerning Smoke and Heat Vents When protecting storage occupancies there are several issues that can impact the selected protection methods. T…

  • Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

    The Importance of Accuracy A variety of factors have contributed to the increased implementation of dry pipe sprinkler systems. The inclusion of exter…

  • MSMO Fire Pump Benefits

    Multi-Stage Multi-Outlet Vs. Series Pumping Vs. Single Pump with PRV The urban migration rate for the United States is on the rise every year. Accordi…

  • NFPA 20, 2019 Edition

    Accepted Changes and Additions The NFPA 20 committee has completed the review process and update of the 2019 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Inst…

Storage Issues Got You Stumped?

Informal Interpretations Offer Solutions and Savings The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address storage issues. AFSA’s informal interpretations are provided to AFSA members by Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services Roland Huggins, PE; Senior Fire Protection Engineer Russ Bainbridge, PE; and Technical Programs Specialist Tom …

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Protecting Storage Occupancies

Issues Concerning Smoke and Heat Vents When protecting storage occupancies there are several issues that can impact the selected protection methods. This article will discuss conditions where smoke and heat vents or mechanical smoke removal systems could potentially be installed along with sprinklers and the issues that might arise. The …

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Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

The Importance of Accuracy A variety of factors have contributed to the increased implementation of dry pipe sprinkler systems. The inclusion of exterior design elements such as exterior canopies, in addition to NFPA 13’s prohibition of the use of antifreeze in new installations, has forced designers to include dry pipe …

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MSMO Fire Pump Benefits

Multi-Stage Multi-Outlet Vs. Series Pumping Vs. Single Pump with PRV The urban migration rate for the United States is on the rise every year. According to the 2010 census, 80.7 percent of Americans lived in urban areas, which is up by 1.7 percent as compared to the 2000 census. This …

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Galvanized Steel Sprinkler Piping

Current Recommendations in the Fire Protection Industry The use of galvanized steel is an excellent means of preventing corrosion by oxygen under the right conditions. The galvanizing process involves the application of a thin layer of zinc to the surface of steel to protect it from corrosive attack. Hot Dip …

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NFPA 13 2019 and CPVC

Exciting Changes Ahead There is always a lot of excitement surrounding the issuance of a new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard. This fall we welcome the 2019 editions of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- …

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NFPA 13 Restructured

2019 Edition New Format Aligns with System Design Process The 2019 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, will introduce a new era in terms of the format and layout of the standard. This reorganization was done to better match and align with the fire sprinkler …

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